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Hammill, Peter

British composer and musician, best known as the lead singer of Van der Graaf Generator. His solo releases, most of them similar to the prog-rock complexities of his group work, have been varied and, often, rather wayward. Popular success has eluded him although he inspires great devotion in his fans. "Imperial Zeppelin", on Hammill's first solo album Fool's Mate (1971), is an unusual example of steampunk SF-pop, possibly indebted to Michael Moorcock's Edwardian fantasies. His second solo work, ...

Pachter, Josh

(1951-    ) US author, chiefly of short crime fiction, translator and editor. Of genre interest are his two reprint Anthologies of the included authors' favourite tales: Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice, Selected and Introduced by the Authors Themselves (anth 1984) and Top Fantasy: The Authors' Choice, Selected and Introduced by the Authors Themselves (anth 1985). The selections are mostly well known; the authors' brief introductions are often of interest. Top ...

Space Documentaries

In the 1950s, as the United States and the Soviet Union launched embryonic space programs, there began to appear documentaries about the future of Space Flight that sometimes included fictional sequences employing actors as astronauts venturing into outer space; these are effectively sf Spacesuit Films, even though they are classified as nonfiction. One noteworthy example was an episode of the Television series Walt Disney's Disneyland (1954-1958), "Man and the Moon" (1955), which concluded ...

Condo, A D

Working name of US newspaper cartoonist Armundo Dreisbach Condo (1872-1956), best known for his regular strip The Outbursts of Everett True (1905-1927), created with J W Raper. He is of sf interest for the Comic strip Mr Skygack, From Mars, which he created in 1907 for the Chicago Day Book and which was nationally syndicated to many US newspapers until 1917. Roughly four hundred strips and single-panel cartoons appeared. Skygack, a big-brained Alien "Special Correspondent" from Mars with an ...

O'Toole, George

(1936-2001) US specialist in espionage – he worked for the American Central Intelligence Agency 1966-1969 – and author of a very Near Future thriller, The Agent on the Other Side (1973), in which America and the USSR are at odds. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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